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Poster: drjoek Date: Feb 20, 2005 11:05pm
Forum: etree Subject: Dead's Best Runs?

Id like to ask what heads feel was the BEST run? several shows (2 or more) in a row same venue one as good as the next.
Ill get it started I think 2/27-3/2 69 Fillmore is outrageousness I listen to one show after the next and cant chose which one I like best. They only performed maybe 12 different songs the whole run but each show is completely unique.
What does anyone else think??????

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Poster: Jim F Date: Feb 21, 2005 3:29pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Dead's Best Runs?


Mention should be made of Winterland October 1974.
Fillmore West-Shrine 8/21-24/68.
Avalon 10/12-13/68.

Must agree Feb-March 1969 and Winterland March 1977, much better than June 77 and the New Year's run.

Other mentionable runs-
LA 12/10-12/69
Winterland 12/72
Winterland 10/78

I think April 1971 Fillmore is overrated.

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Poster: dr. flashback Date: Feb 21, 2005 7:50pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Dead's Best Runs?

Well, gotta jump in on this one! Amazing (well, not
really) that there is mostly much agreement on the
shows that have stood the test of time and burnt
brain cells, among deadheads. My list would echo
most of what is posted above, and include -
8/21-8/24 1968
2/27 - 3/2 1969
Feb 1970 - the Fillmore East
Dec 1971 - Felt Forum, Ann Arbor and 12/31/71
The entire Europe 72 run
September 1972
Feb - March 1973
November 1973
Feb 1974 - Winterland
June 1974
Feb 1977 - Winterland
and last but certainly not least -
May of 1977!!
oh, and the incredible 1980 run at the Warfield
where they bring back the acoustic sets from 1970.

These runs alone would keep any GD lover happy for
a lifetime!
Dr. Flashback ;o)

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Poster: sjl Date: Feb 21, 2005 9:19pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Dead's Best Runs?

Though it's not necessarily my favorite, the Fall tour of '89 was pretty incredible. You get the Warlocks shows with the huge breakouts there, the Nightfall of Diamonds show a week later, and the 10/26 Miami show with a Dark Star for the ages. October 1989 needs to be on this list, based on the creativity and vitality of the band that month.

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Poster: Nuggets Date: Feb 21, 2005 10:27pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Dead's Best Runs?

I thought I would input a few more. Winterland late 77, 9/28-29/77, 10/1-2/77, April 78, Egypt 78(for the mystic), Winterland 78.

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Poster: mickey622 Date: Feb 23, 2005 1:28am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Dead's Best Runs?

Would have to agree with Dr. Flashback above ... on all counts.
Would also add the Portchester runs in '70 and 71.

Good Old Grateful Dead.

This post was modified by mickey622 on 2005-02-23 09:28:47

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Poster: FunkyCrib Date: Feb 26, 2005 2:52pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Dead's Best Runs?

I agree with the OP: Fillmore 2/27-3/2 1969. Unfortunately, 3/1 is missing from the archive.

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Poster: Robert_NC Date: Feb 21, 2005 6:20am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Dead's Best Runs?

It's all so much personal preference.

Personally, I think that after a somewhat inconsistent period after Keith/Donna, the boys really re-emerged and cranked out numerous smokin' shows roughly from 1982-1985. But I'm biased of course because I sawe a lot of shows during that period.

The Warlocks shows in Hampton in 1989 were also both very special and incredible performances.

But then again, it's all good ...

This post was modified by Robert_NC on 2005-02-21 14:20:41

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Poster: irishman87 Date: Feb 21, 2005 12:14pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Dead's Best Runs?

As good as the early Dead runs at both Fillmores are, I gotta go with the March 28-30 1990 run at Nassau. New York heads have always been privlidged enough to experience many special moments. However, this run was extra special. The first night brought out a beautiful LL Rain, the last night's Help>Slip>Franklin was pretty damn good (although the 9/10/91 version with Branford is by far the best version of that decade). However, the real treat, in my mind, is the second night's guest appearance by Branford Marsalis. Bird Song was beautiful but its the 2nd set where it becomes unreal. Eyes> Estimated> Dark Star> Drumz> Dark Star> Wheel> Throwing Stones> Lovelight E: Heaven's Door
Incredible. I would also recommend some of their Winterland and Fillmore runs. But that run was just insane

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Poster: drchampagne Date: Feb 20, 2005 11:30pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Dead's Best Runs?

It could be argued among their better runs during their most potent period was 3/18-3/20/77, Winterland (where they enjoyed "home field advantage")SF. Check the setlists & then notice they rawk like champions each night. If there is a higher point in their developement, it would be difficult to quantify how much better they could be. Winterland was a difficult hall for most bands to sonically master but the GeeDee had it wired & obviously relished blowing the roof off the'ol dump with alarming frequency. You'll love 'em!

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Poster: Nuggets Date: Feb 21, 2005 12:39am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Dead's Best Runs?

I defiantly agree w/ 3/18,19,20/77! Goooooooood shit! I am not a huge 90's fan but a very underrated run was 12/12,13,14/90 at McNichols Sports Arena. 6/9,10,11,12/76 is also some pretty good stuff. Those were just off the top of my head. Hope that helps. Peace

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Poster: mid-maine Date: Feb 21, 2005 12:34am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Dead's Best Runs?

there are so many good runs that it's difficult to say. i think it depends on where your tastes lie. yes, fillmore w. feb-march '69. agreed. but what about fillmore e. feb '70? then there's the entire europe '72, b.c.t. and veneta of aug that year, december '73, may '74, MAY '77, sep-oct '80, sep-oct '83, june of '85, june-july '88 and spring '90. that's my $0.25.

each one of those magical runs has its own dignity. each one has a unique quality that reminds me how much shape-shifting actually happened, though the material stays relatively similar from '71 onward. when people dismiss the donna years outright, i revisit july '76 orpheum or 7/8/78 and shake my head. for those that don't think that vince-bruce years held any power, i pop in m.s.g. fall '90 shows. if blues is your thing, pig's the man. if space is the place, '73 is for you.

know what i'm sayin'?